Posted by Nate(DC) on September 12, 2003 at 24:28:25:
For the most part, yes. I can do small random repairs to things, painting, have refinished some wood floors, drywall, etc. But I definitely don’t have any real skills in specialized trades (e.g. A/C, plumbing, etc. - that’s why I picked A/C as the example) and really I don’t like to get my hands dirty if I can help it. I am better at diagnosing problems, and figuring out solutions, than actually implementing them myself.
For example, last month, a tenant called me because of a water problem in the basement. I showed up and it took me 2 minutes to identify that the problem was that the condensate pump on the air conditioner was shot (it helped that I had just experienced the exact same problem 1 week earlier at my mother in law’s house, where we ended up calling a repairman who showed me how the thing works while he was fixing it). I could have gone to Home Depot, bought the thing for $69, and wasted a couple hours teaching myself to install it right. Instead I called my friend the A/C contractor who came the next day and did it for $130, and I got to go home. To me it was $60 well spent.